Oh dear, this has been a bad week Korean-wise.
I did only one TOPIK section all week and it wasn’t impressive so I really need to up my game. I have been feeling really busy during the week days, but when I look at my planner now that the weekend has come, I am not entirely sure where the time went. I haven’t been wasting time facebook stalking people or something like that.
I had some classes that took quite some energy since it’s the final week of the term and they required me to get up “before Satan puts on his shoes” as we put it in Danish. I also had a few “errands” that couldn’t be postponed (Christmas presents and the like), but where did the time go??! I even went through vocabulary during my lecture breaks.
Today I have done 3 TOPIK sections while commuting, and in the 쓰기 part there was a question requiring you to know how to say “breaking” a leg. I learned how to say that last week or the week before, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember it! That question was worth 6 points…
Going through the tests I’ve already completed to find my weak spots feels like crossing a mountain without having spent time in base camp. It takes an aweful lot of time, you suffer, and you feel like you might get a better return on investment if you did something differently.
Perhaps I should focus more on completing more of the Sogang books and listen to TTMIK to gain more overall Korean knowledge and focus less on the old TOPIK tests before Christmas?
With this speed, I’m not confident I can sit level 3 in April. I know it has been ambitious all along, but January is approaching and we all need to sign up. What to do?
Sign up for the intermediate level and hope to dodge disaster?
Sign up for both beginner and intermediate, knowing that after three hours of beginner exam, sitting the intermediate exam is not going to be fun?
Admit defeat and only sign up for the beginner level?
If I sign up only for the intermediate level and fail miserably I don’t have on paper that I “would have passed” level 1 or 2 even if that is the case so that would leave me with nothing to prove the skills that I do have…
Do you guys have some tips or thoughts to share?